Unlikely Allies by C.C. Koen: Interview with Excerpt
Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by! How did you start your writing career? I became a writer by accident. My first novel, Intensity came to me as a fantasy while I was driving to work one day. Driving can be boring and my mind often wanders. I have to admit the original story was very different from the finished tale. I wrote an article about the experience at Savvy Authors titled, Take Your Time, but Hurry Up! A Newbie Author Selfie.
Tell us about a favorite character from a book. One of my favorite novel series by Nora Roberts is Chesapeake Bay. The Quinn brothers, all foster children, are presented in four books. I absolutely love everything about the stories and have reread them several times.
Each brother is an alpha male, but so different from one another. It is difficult to choose just one of them as a favorite character, so I’d encourage you to read the series and decide for yourself. You won’t be sorry.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why? Australia- Beautiful scenery, gorgeous men. Caribbean- I’m planning on going on a six-night sailing cruise in the Caribbean, an excursion from one island to another. Hawaii I’d love to take an RV trip throughout the US. No plans, just drive and stop at various towns, taking in the various sights. Tell us about your next release. I’m currently working on Serenity, which is the sequel to my first novel, Intensity. It was impossible to resolve the story in just one book. The characters, Serena and Linc, have a lot to resolve in order to reach a HEA.
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day? I teach during the day and write in the evening hours. I’m an emotional writer and have to be in the right mindset. Sometimes life events and stress prevents me from focusing, and other times, writing helps clear my head. I never know from day to day what will happen, so I go with the flow and write as often as my brain allows me.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books? I hired an editor way too soon, revised many times, and continued to throw money away on the revisions. I hired an editor after the first draft (STUPID!)
Plotter or Pantser? Why? I’m an obsessive planner and can’t resist jotting ideas down. However, I do it mostly because I don’t want to forget an idea. I like to keep an open mind and explore where the story will go and how it will develop while typing the manuscript. I’m a true believer in instinct. The characters often take on a life of their own and it is amazing to experience the plot through their eyes. Writing is not always about where the author planned to take it. There is quite a bit of gut feeling involved. At least it is that way for me.
What was the scariest moment of your life? I was a victim of a crime at work, assault (mugging). I never want to be in another situation like that again. Worst experience of my life.
ABOUT THE BOOK
by C.C. Koen
What happens when a single mom’s four-year-old daughter falls in love with Mr. Right and she doesn’t?
Maggie Tyson’s rule: no bad boys. Her incarcerated ex-husband broke her of that attraction. Needing to escape his threats and the scrutiny of the people in her hometown, Maggie relocates to New York City. Determined to not make the same mistakes, she has a mile-long list of dos and don’ts. Unfortunately, her daughter, Cecily, doesn’t like to follow them. When Cecily wanders away from her and right into Rick Stone’s office, Maggie knows he’s the exact type she’s been trying to avoid. Can she resist him or will she succumb to his willful charm?
Rick Stone’s rule: bed them don’t wed them. Running a multi-billion dollar business doesn’t leave him with much time to do anything else, particularly with an overbearing grandfather breathing down his neck. But when a man works hard, he needs to play even harder. Voted America’s most eligible bachelor, Rick doesn’t have any problems getting women into his bed—except one. Two auburn beauties stumble into his life. One will break his heart. The other—heal it. Will he love or leave them?
“This place is packed. Why’d you pick it?”
Lodged in her brain for several weeks now, Mr. Stone’s guttural tenor replayed in her daydreams and in her sleep. She inched around performing a mental countdown from ten to zero, which helped cool her off when Cece pushed her buttons, and by some miracle she hoped would work in this instance too.
A steel gray oxford, no tie, and slim-fit pants with the same sheen as his button-down vest produced an unnatural reaction. Her tongue rolled to the roof of her mouth and withheld the groan his arousing professional attire and fresh-air scent planted in her head.
“Uh…” Mr. Stone narrowed his eyes at Matt and clamped a hand on his shoulder. His flushed face resembled the cherry red that often tinted joggers’ cheeks. “Buddy, you didn’t tell me Maggie would be here. Thought you said this was a business lunch.” He waved a folder and tossed it on the table.
Matt’s grin flashed toward her and then to his friend. “You do realize she’s cooking, right?”
Just then Mr. Stone’s gaze drifted across her chest, becoming transfixed for a while on the crisscrossed fork, spoon, and knife emblem at her left breast and then darted up to her face. If possible, his skin reddened even more as he dropped onto the wooden stool, an impact that scraped the chair back a few inches, rocking him into Matt’s shoulder.
“Let’s order. I’m starved.” An elbow shot given to his buddy, Matt knocked Mr. Stone’s bent arm off the edge of the table and pointed to the menu. “Pick something, fast. I need to get to dessert before it’s all gone.”
Using a similar mocking tone like Matt had earlier, Mr. Stone scanned the room while he spoke. “You realize we’re in a restaurant that has loads of food.”
She got a chuckle out of the amusing banter. Normally, she and Kat rubbed each other the wrong way. It was good to see the ribbing happening to someone else for a change.
“No, smart ass. Maggie’s extra special, sweet treat. There’s a limited amount.”
The menu forgotten and dropped onto the table, Mr. Stone set his chin in his hand and repositioned his arm where it had been before Matt knocked it down. In a seductive murmur he asked, “What sinful goodies do you have for me, Maggie?” Extended across the counter, his hand cupped hers from underneath and gripped it like a beggar pleading for anything and everything she could give.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
C.C. Koen Author Bio
C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing.